Later News May 03

Lingard’s brother slams ‘classless’ Manchester United after Old Trafford farewell snub


Manchester United allowed several of their outgoing stars – and there are many – to bid farewell to the Old Trafford crowd when they played their last home game of the season this morning (SGT).

 

Conspicuous by his absence, however, was academy product Jesse ‘Lingardinho’ Lingard – the eternal youth prospect who, like the Fantastic Beast movie series, never quite maximised his potential, despite being given chance after chance after chance to do so.

 

WATCH: England manager Gareth Southgate bemoans Lingard's lack of playing time

 

Known more for his dance moves than anything football-related, Lingard has long been suspected to be the mole in the United dressing room who has been spreading to all and sundry about how disunited this Red Devils squad really is this season – a suspicion that was confirmed by bao toh kia Paul Scholes two weeks ago. 

 

Perhaps angered by Lingard’s loose lips, interim United manager Ralf Rangnick opted not to bring on the 29-year-old – who is out of contract at the end of the season – for his swansong at the Theatre of Dreams.

 

Instead, the likes Nemanja Matić, Juan Mata, and Phil ‘You’re still here??’ Jones were given one last hurrah, as United overcame Brentford 3-0 for only their second win in their past seven English Premier League (EPL) games. Even Edinson Cavani, whose butt imprint on the treatment table is now a permanent fixture in Manchester, was allowed to play one last time at Old Trafford.

 

WATCH: Rangnick regrets not using Mata more

 

Lingard, however, stayed firmly rooted to the bench. And his brother, Louie Scott, posted a scathing story on Instagram after the game to criticise United for the way they disrespected the England international.

 

“20 years of blood, sweat and tears, 4 domestic trophies, 3 cup final goal, not even a farewell. No wonder it’s Conference League next year,” Scott wrote. “Attacking players for celebrations when the clubs being sold to the super league ok. Class of 92, Busby Babes, you’re ran by people who don’t even know the offside trap. Classless and the fans need to realise. Goodnight, godbless!

 

“Been there since nine years of age and didn’t even get a send off!!! Well done bro your family are proud.”

 

The unhappiness of Lingard and his family, however, will be of no concern to Rangnick, who has far more on his plate to worry about than the petulance of an outgoing player.

 

The newly-appointed Austrian National Team coach, who will continue on at United as a consultant to incoming manager Erik Ten Hag, admitted that his focus will be on making wholesale changes to the playing roster of the team in the off-season.

 

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“Apart from goalkeeping where we have three excellent goalkeepers in Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson and David de Gea, in all other areas there will be players leaving the club. I wouldn't put focus on special areas of the pitch – it should go through the whole team,” said Rangnick.

 

“So far we haven't been able to speak [to Ten Hag]. Erik's focus is on winning the Dutch league, our focus was on our games.

 

“It's obvious quite a few players will leave and there is a need for top-quality players. I strongly believe that if everyone works together we can bring Manchester United back to where we need to be.

 

“Other clubs only needed two or three transfer windows to challenge but from now on we need to bring in top-quality players who really help raise the level. If this happens then I don't think it should take too long.”

 

United’s win over Brentford leaves them sixth in the table on 58 points, six points clear of seventh-placed West Ham, who have played a game less.

 

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